Air on a shoestring: Council buys iPads despite cutting costs

Echo: Air on a shoestring: Council buys iPads despite cutting costs Air on a shoestring: Council buys iPads despite cutting costs

CASTLE Point Council has spent more than £12,500 on brand new iPads for its councillors.

All 41 councillors have been given top-of-the-range iPad Airs by the authority, the latest model on the market, at a cost of £311 each – a total of £12,751.

The 5th generation devices are currently being dished out to councillors only, with the council saying the move was in line with many councils across the country.

Councillor Lee Barratt says he thinks the iPads are not needed as councillors already have laptops.

He said: “It seems we need iPads to fulfil our functions and that expenditure seems unnecessary. We are being told we need iPads, but I don’t know why in these times of supposed austerity.

“The laptop I was givenmore than a year ago already had Windows 7 pre-installed on it so do I need this extra money spent on me? We are in the business of bureaucracy and although some people may be adept at flicking through large documents on an iPad I amcertainly not.”

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “iPads are a premium product with a premium price tag, so councillors must be crystal clear how their purchase is going to save taxpayers’ money.

“Only by going totally paperless will the council stand a chance of saving money though these purchases.

Councillors can’t afford any half measures with this rule, and even then they must explain why they’ve chosen to buy the most expensive tablets on the market."

The iPad’swill replace the councillor’s laptop computers, which are thought to be at least three years old.

The move follows the announcement that technology giant Microsoft is bringing its support for Windows XP – the computer operating system currently used by the council – to an end on April 8.

The council recently passed its annual budget for 2014/15, with the council stating it would be looking to save £33,000 in the next 12 months in respect of IT equipment, following cuts of £722,000 by central government.

Acouncil spokesperson said: “Due to their age, many of the council’s laptop computers are not capable of running the new operating system.

Any laptops that can be upgraded will be used to replace devices currently used by officers.”

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

joe2345 says...

Waste of Money. A 3 year old laptop is hardly old, my 7 year old computer runs Windows 7 fine, and I'm sure I use it for much more demanding tasks than a councillor will use it for. I bet most of the computers the officers use are probably 10+ years old.

What tasks will a councillor use them for?
Waste of Money. A 3 year old laptop is hardly old, my 7 year old computer runs Windows 7 fine, and I'm sure I use it for much more demanding tasks than a councillor will use it for. I bet most of the computers the officers use are probably 10+ years old. What tasks will a councillor use them for? joe2345
  • Score: 6

7:30am Fri 7 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

will they hand them back at the end of the day...or take them home and play candy crush all night on them..?

and whats the chances some already own their own ipad..?
will they hand them back at the end of the day...or take them home and play candy crush all night on them..? and whats the chances some already own their own ipad..? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

7:32am Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

What the heck is wrong with this, should they use a slate
What the heck is wrong with this, should they use a slate carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

8:12am Fri 7 Mar 14

andyh says...

If the council has managed to buy "top-of-the-range iPad Air" at £311 each then the purchasing officer should be congratulated. The list price for the bottom model of iPad Air is £399 and Apple are not noted for giving more than trivial discounts.

But to provide the councillors with the model they are likely to need if it is to be used as a professional tool (Cellular networking and 32 or 64 Gb memory) costs a lot more (list £579 or £659 respectively)

An Android tablet would be less expensive (in the extreme it is probable that Tesco would sell the council Hudls at well under £100 and Argos have an HP tablet including 2 years cellular connection for about £250) and would probably be better value for money even if slightly less secure and slightly less user-friendly … and, of course, less prestigious.
If the council has managed to buy "top-of-the-range iPad Air" at £311 each then the purchasing officer should be congratulated. The list price for the bottom model of iPad Air is £399 and Apple are not noted for giving more than trivial discounts. But to provide the councillors with the model they are likely to need if it is to be used as a professional tool (Cellular networking and 32 or 64 Gb memory) costs a lot more (list £579 or £659 respectively) An Android tablet would be less expensive (in the extreme it is probable that Tesco would sell the council Hudls at well under £100 and Argos have an HP tablet including 2 years cellular connection for about £250) and would probably be better value for money even if slightly less secure and slightly less user-friendly … and, of course, less prestigious. andyh
  • Score: 2

9:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

southendPole says...

@andyh why would Android be less secure?

With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better.
@andyh why would Android be less secure? With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better. southendPole
  • Score: 1

9:53am Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Absolute travesty.

Well, if the people of Castle Point don't like it, they'll soon have a chance to show them the door on May 22nd when 14 seats come up for election.
Absolute travesty. Well, if the people of Castle Point don't like it, they'll soon have a chance to show them the door on May 22nd when 14 seats come up for election. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ian P says...

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “Only by going totally paperless will the council stand a chance of saving money though these purchases".
I can think of one place the new iPad Air is unlikely to replace the use of paper. Lol.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “Only by going totally paperless will the council stand a chance of saving money though these purchases". I can think of one place the new iPad Air is unlikely to replace the use of paper. Lol. Ian P
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

PiePads
PiePads Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

1:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

andyh says...

southendPole wrote:
@andyh why would Android be less secure?

With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better.
Note that I say "slightly less secure".
On Android devices it is much easier to load apps from dubious sources whereas with IOS this is difficult without taking explicit and clear action. As Apple take some care to prevent trojan programs from getting into the app store this makes it difficult to fool someone into loading such.
In theory Android has similar protection, but it is much easier to gain root access ("jailbreak") or to download malicious programs (you don't /have/ to go through the Google Play shop (the equivalent of Apples app shop) to get a program and most users won't understand the implications of clicking "OK" to the dialogue box)
[quote][p][bold]southendPole[/bold] wrote: @andyh why would Android be less secure? With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better.[/p][/quote]Note that I say "slightly less secure". On Android devices it is much easier to load apps from dubious sources whereas with IOS this is difficult without taking explicit and clear action. As Apple take some care to prevent trojan programs from getting into the app store this makes it difficult to fool someone into loading such. In theory Android has similar protection, but it is much easier to gain root access ("jailbreak") or to download malicious programs (you don't /have/ to go through the Google Play shop (the equivalent of Apples app shop) to get a program and most users won't understand the implications of clicking "OK" to the dialogue box) andyh
  • Score: 0

3:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

andyh wrote:
southendPole wrote:
@andyh why would Android be less secure?

With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better.
Note that I say "slightly less secure".
On Android devices it is much easier to load apps from dubious sources whereas with IOS this is difficult without taking explicit and clear action. As Apple take some care to prevent trojan programs from getting into the app store this makes it difficult to fool someone into loading such.
In theory Android has similar protection, but it is much easier to gain root access ("jailbreak") or to download malicious programs (you don't /have/ to go through the Google Play shop (the equivalent of Apples app shop) to get a program and most users won't understand the implications of clicking "OK" to the dialogue box)
Good info Spot on
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southendPole[/bold] wrote: @andyh why would Android be less secure? With all the Apple's recent "goto fail;" and other security issues, not to mention all the Snowden/NSA/GCHQ stuff - I think Android is much better.[/p][/quote]Note that I say "slightly less secure". On Android devices it is much easier to load apps from dubious sources whereas with IOS this is difficult without taking explicit and clear action. As Apple take some care to prevent trojan programs from getting into the app store this makes it difficult to fool someone into loading such. In theory Android has similar protection, but it is much easier to gain root access ("jailbreak") or to download malicious programs (you don't /have/ to go through the Google Play shop (the equivalent of Apples app shop) to get a program and most users won't understand the implications of clicking "OK" to the dialogue box)[/p][/quote]Good info Spot on Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

2:44pm Sat 8 Mar 14

essexmilfhunter says...

No matter what the public think,all governments,coUncils and generally those in power will spend taxpayers money how they see fit,without a second thought for the seemingly insignificant millions of contributors.Power generates corruption,it always has and always will!
No matter what the public think,all governments,coUncils and generally those in power will spend taxpayers money how they see fit,without a second thought for the seemingly insignificant millions of contributors.Power generates corruption,it always has and always will! essexmilfhunter
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Sat 8 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Makes a nice little perk, in a thankless task, of a job, a late Christmas bonus..
Makes a nice little perk, in a thankless task, of a job, a late Christmas bonus.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree